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The Stylistics

After the Spinners and the O'Jays, the Stylistics were the leading Philly soul group produced by Thom Bell. During the early '70s, the band had 12 straight Top Ten hits, including "You Are Everything," "Betcha by Golly, Wow," "I'm Stone in Love With You," "Break Up to Make Up," and "You Make Me Feel Brand New." Of all their peers, the Stylistics were one of the smoothest and sweetest soul groups of their era. All of their hits were ballads, graced by the soaring falsetto of Russell Thompkins, Jr. and the lush yet graceful productions of Bell, which helped make the Stylistics one of the most successful soul groups of the first half of the '70s.

The Stylistics formed in 1968, when members of the Philadelphia soul groups the Monarchs and the Percussions joined forces after their respective band dissolved. Thompkins, James Smith, and Airrion Love hailed from the Monarchs; James Dunn and Herbie Murrell were from the Percussions. In 1970, the group recorded "You're a Big Girl Now," a song their road manager Marty Bryant co-wrote with Robert Douglas, a member of their backing band Slim and the Boys, and the single became a regional hit for Sebring Records. The larger Avco Records soon signed the Stylistics, and single eventually climbed to number seven in early 1971.

Once they were on Avco, the Stylistics began working with producer/songwriter Thom Bell, who had previously worked with the Delfonics. The Stylistics became Bell's pet project and with lyricist Linda Creed, he crafted a series of hit singles that relied as much on the intricately arranged and lush production as they did on Thompkins' falsetto. Every single that Bell produced for the Stylistics was a Top Ten R&B hit, and several -- "You Are Everything," "Betcha by Golly, Wow," "I'm Stone in Love With You," "Break Up to Make Up," and "You Make Me Feel Brand New" -- were also Top Ten pop hits.

Following "You Make Me Feel Brand New" in the spring of 1974, the Stylistics broke away from Bell and began working with Van McCoy, who helped move the group towards a softer, easy listening style. In 1976, they left Avco and signed with H&L. The group's American record sales declined, yet they remained popular in Europe, particularly in Great Britain, where "Sing Baby Sing" (1975), "Na Na Is the Saddest Word" (1975), "Can't Give You Anything" (1975), and "Can't Help Falling in Love" (1976) were all Top Five hits. The Stylistics continued to tour and record throughout the latter half of the '70s, as their popularity steadily declined. In 1980, Dunn left the group because of poor health, and he was followed later that year by Smith. The remaining Stylistics continued performing as a trio on oldies shows into the '90s. ~ Stephen Thomas Erlewine, Rovi
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Tisa & mannyboy 1992 Good ol day should of married you sorry for let you go.....damn
This is my all time favorite soul group!
First you love me then you hate me, that's a game for fools, Live and learn
Sam this is the song we sang in our talent show and we tied #1 place R..I.P. SAM YOU ARE EVERYTHING!! ! ! Luv u :-)
Break Up To Make Up is a game for fools....... t r u e
You make me feel brand new alive !!.... Thank you .
You make me feel brand new ;( wait I don't have anyone lol still love this song
Stop, look listen (To Your Heart)>> The Stylisics ♥♡♥♡♥♡♥
myheartdevot i o n
Brings me back! Love them!!
Love this song ?????
Love this song ����
Dance this song with my daughter at her 15....
classic
Every measure you belong to me baby i want kiss lips from side to side .i love you touching morning be a blessing.
Remember these days being the son of James Smith and the nephew of other members growing up in philly being born July 2 1974 it was great back then sure miss those days respect
Break up to make up hahaha
Music from the 70,s specially 70's Soul, cant help but Love it...
Remembering those days.
This music makes me think of my first love frozen in time. It's time capsule of my life you gotta love it !!
G'BABY You. Feeling this old music baby
Feeling the lyrics!! Love it :-))
My favorite oldies group
Wonderful music. So romantic
Love this jam!!!!!
The Stylistics will be in my city next month plan on being in the mist
the styling stylistics.. . n e e d to stop and listen...ope n up and let them in...yeah
❤️❤️❤️
In love with Airrion Love
This a great jam
Love it
If someone asked me my favorite group of all time I would have to say the Stylistics, the memories these songs bring back are priceless.
Every day she gives reasons to love
Got a lot of love 4 all your songs keep making us happy
tkuhn1000
no doubt, one of the best of Philly Soul!!
Wish the artist of today would make music like this!!
Reminds me of summer nites in Chi-Town! !!!
Gotta love the Stylistics
An era in the Philly area I will never forget!!!
Love this song
God bless you all no one can duplicate or copy you the stylistics is one and only forever you're loved around the world

Yes timeless...j u s t beautiful love it then and love it now.
Nice music
Can't wait too my knee get better
I don't know why go wild over you.
walksinwater 7
So many have tried to duplicate this song but, only the Stylistics can claim it.it is theirs, definitely.
This is the music that I grow up on from NC to VA now in GA.
blueyedmom00 7
One of my ALL TIME FAVORITE songs and groups. Don't make them like this anymore. : (
Ol school the westside connection ice cube baaaabbbyy!!
Wow this kind of music is timeless!
lcrawfordlov e 5 0
Old School; never forgotton, & You Gotta Love it. "I Second that Emotion".
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